Four Types of Alimony You Must Remember
The state of New Jersey utilizes four types of alimony in divorce cases. The first is open durational alimony, which is awarded when the marriage was at least 20 years long. That’s a long-term marriage. Open durational alimony presumes that, upon reaching retirement age, the payor spouse will no longer pay alimony. Under certain exceptional circumstances, however, you may be able to continue receiving alimony for more than 20 years.
The second type of alimony is called limited duration alimony. What’s that mean? Basically, this type of alimony is based on a specific time frame. For example, if you had a 12-year marriage, and you’re contemplating a 12-year alimony obligation, that would be limited duration alimony. Similarly, if you’re going to pay three years of alimony after dissolving a five-year marriage – the amount you’re going to pay is fact-specific – that, too is limited duration alimony.
The third type, rehabilitative alimony, is for spouses who are trying to get back into the workplace, and need some rehabilitative education or training. Let’s say they’re a former teacher or a professional who simply needs to get recertified to get their license reinstated. That rehabilitative aspect is intended to put that individual back into the workforce – and back on their feet – with a little help from their former spouse.
The final type of alimony, reimbursement alimony, is exactly what it sounds like. One spouse is being reimbursed for monies that were spent on the other. Perhaps one spouse pays for the other spouse to earn their master’s degree. Then, as soon as it’s done, that spouse leaves. In the state of New Jersey, reimbursement alimony can cover costs expended by one spouse to cover to reimburse them for monies that were actually spent.
You need an experienced New Jersey Divorce Attorney to help you determine the type of alimony you will actually get, and the amount you can expect to receive. It’s very straightforward, though, because alimony is not the real battleground. For the alimony-paying spouse, the real issue is the amount of support you are going to pay. You need an experienced Divorce Attorney. I’m a partner here at Weiner Lesniak in the Family Law Department in Morris County. I can review any of your questions with you and help you determine the type of alimony that suits you best.
Do you feel that you will end up paying alimony and need dedicated help? Contact an experienced New Jersey Attorney like Christopher Leon Garibian for guidance in your divorce.
Christopher Leon Garibian, Esq. is a partner in the matrimonial and family law department of Weiner Law Group LLP. He has over 19 years of experience handling a multitude of Divorce and Family Law Matters throughout New Jersey. He is passionate about family law and takes pride in his ability to effectuate real change in the lives of his clients. He is certified by the State Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Attorney. If you are in need of an experienced Divorce Attorney or Family Law Attorney in NJ, contact us today for compassionate, long lasting legal solutions.